Report: Derrick Lewis Faces Ilir Latifi At UFC Fight Night Houston


A heavyweight division attraction has been added to UFC Fight Night Houston as #5 Derrick Lewis is in action against #12 (LHW) Ilir Latifi.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN first reported the bout, although its placement on the card isn’t known at this time.

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Lewis (22-7-0-1NC) has won just one of his last three under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming over Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244. Lewis has previously challenged for the UFC Heavyweight Title, losing to then champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 230. Lewis has picked up a total of twenty two wins as a professional MMA fighter and eighteen of them came by way of KO/TKO. 

Latifi (14-7-0-1NC) enters the bout riding a two fight losing streak, dropping bouts to the duo of Corey Anderson and Volkan Oezdemir. Latifi hasn’t picked up a victory in almost two years, with his last win coming over Ovince St. Preux at UFC On Fox 28. Latifi is making his UFC Heavyweight Division debut in this bout, having previously competed at light heavyweight. 

UFC Fight Night Houston takes place on Saturday, February 8 from a location to be announced in Houston, Texas with a main event to be announced. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, while broadcast plans have yet to be announced.

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